More is known of the location and density of English settlements AD 700-1000 from the activities of 'metal detectorists' than from archaeological fieldwork.
Julian's project will
(a) investigate the national visibility of metal-detected sites,
(b) study settlement hierarchies by defining characteristic assemblage 'fingerprints' for type sites,
(c) use targeted and controlled metal-detecting on a small number of sites to study their development and settlement morphology,
(d) chart ethnic identity and change, and economic development.